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Editor's note: Former NFL player Mike Haynes will participate in the Legends Luncheon: The NFL event sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Sun Devil Club on Oct. 26.
Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I played football and did track and field at ASU. That's where I got good coaching, learned a strong work ethic and got exposed to the results of hard work.
What's your favorite ASU memory?
My football training camp days at Camp Tontozona. I played with a lot of unique teammates, and we really bonded there. I also saw a bear while I was there, and one time it rained so hard there was almost a flood. I saw things there I had not seen before – or since!
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
I now run a consulting company that helps businesses with their marketing and distribution needs. I've also worked as a financial analyst, run my own public relations firm, been vice president for Callaway Golf and vice president of player development for the NFL.
My degree helped me get a well-rounded education in business. I had to take marketing and law classes in my degree program, and I've used them all during my career.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
Leadership. There were coaches who asked me to be a leader, and (in the beginning) I didn't know what that meant. I was fortunate to play for Coach Frank Kush and alongside players like Danny White and Bob Breunig. I was eventually elected team captain, and it taught me to think of other players and not just myself – something that’s been very useful in pro football and in business.
Tell us about your involvement in the upcoming Legends Luncheon event.
I'm going to the luncheon to support ASU, our athletics programs, and the Alumni Association. It's important for all Sun Devils to bond as a unit – and showing our support means we know how to give back to the university.
What advice would you have for today's students?
There were a lot of things I didn't get to do while I was at ASU. I wish I had taken more time to see the Grand Canyon and other scenic places in the state. Don't leave here without understanding all the beautiful things Arizona has to offer.